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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Murals: Dutchman’s Puzzle, Yankee Puzzle

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided …

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Art & Earth Trail: Meet a Modern-Day Shoemaker

Custom shoemaking pretty much is a thing of the past. Many of our childhood storybooks described happy shoemakers or tired but busy cobblers and their furry friends or little elves secretively emerging from their hideaways to assist in finishing the projects. Cliff Pequet, modern-day shoemaker, most likely doesn’t have nocturnal pals helping, but on his …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Murals: Juneau and Carolina Lily

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: 4-H Star

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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Ten Reasons to Love Hollow Ridge Lodging

Of all the articles I have written on lodging in Shipshewana & LaGrange County, almost all the places featured provide access to the local culture. Hollow Ridge Lodging is the most unique for numerous reasons, and one of the eight reasons listed below might just be why you choose to stay here. Reason One: Hollow Ridge Lodging is …

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Want a Super Value?

Waiting in line at a Shipshewana ice cream stand recently, I struck up conversation with a couple from New York who meet up with a group of other couples annually, and they RV camp in nearby Goshen. “Staying in Goshen,” I thought to myself, “I wonder how many Shipshewana visitors do that?” Turns out, quite a few, and one …

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10 Finds & 40 Photos From the Shipshewana Flea Market

On my very first visit to the Shipshewana Flea Market in 1989, I traveled three hours to walk the hallowed grounds with my soon-to-be mother in law. The traffic was so long, my car overheated and I had to pull off the road and wait until the engine cooled down before I discovered this Shipshewana …

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Best Western in Howe is Predictably Good

Sometimes, predictability is good. Predictability breeds comfort, and comfort is a very good thing when you travel. You want to know your destination includes a clean, nice hotel room, a comfortable bed, and a good breakfast. Best Western PLUS in Howe is a good hotel, which is predictable because it carries the Best Western brand, and …

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Der Ruhe Platz Means “The Rest Place”

Der Ruhe Blatz is noted on Trip Advisor as a fine place to rest. That’s a very good thing, because the words mean “The Rest Place.” Der Ruhe Blatz is located along SR 5, the main road into Shipshewana. This hotel is a budget motel, meaning a pool/spa area are not provided. However, the rooms …

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